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I think actually stopping anyone from getting in is pretty futile (without major renovations). If they want in they will find a way. Keeping the boat locked with sturdy boards may help keep the real amateurs out.

I keep my valuables in a locked pelican box which is hidden and attached to the boat in a location which will not be obvious and makes hard to remove without tools.

My non-boating friends find it amazing that boats arenít actually locked to the dock or anything.
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My ex girl friend is a county prosecutor. Her son got a hold of the yellow "police line do not cross" tape and went to his High School, very early one day and draped it all over the front doors of the school. His actions brought the school to a dead stop as everyone including the police which were called thought it was real. It has to be up there with one of the greatest High School pranks.
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The odds of being broken into are pretty slim. In the event that it is time for me to become a victim of theft, I would prefer not to have my boat damaged. I do not now nor have I ever locked anything on my boat. Perhaps I can take that attitude because I live in an area with low crime. I do not advise people who lives in high crime areas to try that approach, but it works for me.

If I were really worried about it I would set up a theft fund and put a small deposit into it each month for the future theft of my outdated vhf or whatever might get stolen.
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Giu's picture in the cockpit ought to do the trick.
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Mount a dummy video camera on the mast, or backstay - aimed directly at the companionway. Attach a plaque to the hatchboards, or pilothouse door, that reads:

Video Surveillance Camera is Recording Your Attempts at Entering this Boat

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I use a home system I bought at Radio Shack the includes wireless motion detectors, magnetic door switches, and a console that can activate lghts, sirens and even call a phone ( not practical on a mooring). I have it wired to the mast head strobe and two sirens; one inside the cabin that is painful when it goes off. Also included a wireless remote.
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"and even call a phone ( not practical on a mooring). "
On the contrary. There are a number of solutions, some commercial, that would allow you to use a cell phone (if there's coverage) so the boat can "phone home" on alarm conditions.
Not just for forced entry, but also if the mooring line has broken or the boat has wandered away from the mooring ("geofencing"). Of course, that means a monthly BILL all year round, too.
Motion sensors can be problematic if there are gulls in your area. A pressure mat or other sensor in the cockpit still can tell if there's a larger heavier person there instead of a gull.
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1) Paint large tacks the same colour as the deck.
2) Glue or affix to deck.
3) Post sign at hatch "Those tacks were coated with human ****. Have a nice day, thief."
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Ive got a sign on the Pearson that says, "Look around you. See all the boats with dingys behind them? Those are my friends, and one has a high power sniper rifle." Ive never had an issue so far, even when we did get a few break ins. Theres a bunch of liveaboards in my anchorage. Im one of them most of the time, but ive been staying at my granddads alot since its been cold.
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Well, thank you all for ringing in on this. Beefing up the hatch boards and the teak wood retainers that hold them is surely necessary. I have some 1/4 inch stainless flat stock which should do the trick. Pressure switches or door switches seem to offer some means to discourage enterance. The ADT sticker or signs might help. I just need something to keep out the yahoos who are prepared to kick in the board but not prepared to do much else. The break-ins occure about every two to three years, not a weekly occurance. My current boat is an O'Day 25, which is easy to secure with the hatches beefed up. My other boat, in the driveway being repaired, is an Irwin 34, and the companion way hatches will be much more difficult to secure. They are large, frail, and there are more board sections. I will need a more system based aproach than a re-enforced entryway aproach on the Irwin. Its so maddening to spend money and time on this stuff rather than sailing gear. As appealing as the fanticy of hideing in the quarter berth with a submachinegun might be, that option is OFF the table. ( ammo is too expensive to waste ). I will do some research on the information provided by you folks. I appriciate the time you all have taken to answer my questions and desypher my spelling.
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